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Potential incoming rapid-test for Lyme disease

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A Canadian-based student researcher affected with Lyme's disease since she was seven years old is now working on a rapid-test for Lyme's disease.

A collaboration between Harvard University microbiology student Indumathi Prakash and a Queen's University professor, working virtually, to develop a rapid test to diagnose the bacterium that causes Lyme's disease.  

A rapid test is important in the fight against Lyme's disease to ensure faster treatment for Lyme's disease.

Drug Azlocillin Shows Promise at Completely Killing Off the Disease-causing Bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi

A new study out of Stanford university shows promise at completly killing off the disease-causing bacteria borrelia burgdorferi.  This disease-causing agent was typically prescribed common antibiotics​ to fight the infection.  For 20% of those patients the standard antibiotics​ did not work.

For those 20% of people antibiotics don’t work, and lingering symptoms of muscle pain, fatigue and cognitive impairment can continue for years.

The new drug azlocillin showed 100% efficacy in rats at the onset of the disease.

Lyme disease cases in Canada up over 50% year over year

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A record number of Lyme disease cases this year in Canada, specifically Ontario versus previous years.  Health officials are warning Canadians to take extra precautions when enjoying activities outdoors this year. 

Lyme risk increases across Ontario in 2017

In Canada there has been a steady rise of Lyme cases.  For instance, in 2016 there were 841 human cases of Lyme disease compared to only 144 in 2009.

For Ontario there was a comparable rise to 343 reported cases in 2016 compared with only 44 in 2005.

2017 is looking to get worse as climate change has migrated ticks further north into Canada.  The problem is, once ticks arrive they don't leave.

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